Cathedral cities of Spain

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Heinemann, 1909 - Cathedrals - 254 pages
 

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Page 52 - Look attentively at my elegance and thou wilt reap the benefit of a commentary on decoration ; here are columns ornamented with every perfection, and the beauty of which has become proverbial.
Page 158 - August 18, 1796, the minion Godoy signed the famous and fatal treaty by which Spain was virtually handed over to revolutionised France. Here Ferdinand VII., Sept. 18, 1832, revoked the decree by which he had abolished the Salic law, and declared his daughter Isabel, born Oct 10, 1830, to be heiress to the crown ; an act which cursed his ever ill fated country with civil wars and a disputed succession.
Page xix - .'. :*HB most enchanting of Spain's seaports, began my acquaintance with her many glorious cities. In ancient times Cadiz was the chief mart for the tin of the Cassiterides and the amber of the Baltic. Founded by the Tyrians as far back as 1 100 BC, it was the Gadir (fortress) of the Phoenicians. Later on Hamilcar and Hannibal equipped their armies and built their fleets here. The Romans named the city Gades, and it became second only to Padua and Rome. After the discovery of America, Cadiz became...
Page 48 - It is clear enough for us to see the blue haze of the mountains round Jaen, and the rocky defile of Mochin. The Torre de la Vela shuts out the rest of the view. There is a bell hanging in this tower which can be heard as far away as Loja. Now turn and look behind. Right up into the blue sky rise the snow peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Mulhacen, the highest point in all Spain, is not visible, but we can see Veleta which is but a few feet lower. The whole range glistens in the afternoon sun, but it is...
Page 98 - ... liveliest street in the north of Spain. On either side of the central promenade, under the shade of stately plane trees, are the carriage drives. The broad walk itself is thronged, especially in the morning, when marketing is done, with an ever-changing crowd. Boys distribute handbills, dog fanciers stroll about bargaining with dealers, itinerant merchants cry their wares. A family of father, mother, and children cross the stream of promenaders, followed by a pet lamb. Acquaintances meet and...
Page 48 - Alpujarras district, the last abiding place of the conquered Moor. Further on the mass of the Sierra Aburijara bounds the horizon, west of it is the town of Loja, thirty miles away, buried in the dip towards Antequerra. To the north is Mount Parapanda, the barometer of the Vega, always covered with mist when rain is at hand.
Page xxviii - Moorish in a way. Its houses are built on the Eastern plan with patios, their roofs are flat and many have that charming accessory, the miradore. Its streets are narrow and winding, pushed out from a common centre with no particular plan. It is Andalusian and behind the times. Triana, the gipsy suburb, is full of interest.
Page 158 - ... which we had passed in the course of the two last days. From the heights of St. Elias we repaired to the copious fountains of Mecro Chorgio, a small but very beautifully situated hamlet, and from thence descended to the valley, which is noted, not only for its natural attractions, but also for having been the scene of important events in the history of the country. At the head of the valley and to the left of the Kephalorvrese — the head sources — we saw the remains of the Turkish camp, and...

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